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FTC's ID theft 'best practices' workshop in Chicago April 15

November 16, 2010

Most companies maintain sensitive personal information—names, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and other account data—in files that identify customers or employees. But sensitive data in the wrong hands can lead to fraud or identity theft.

Given the cost of a security breach—losing a customer’s trust and perhaps even being named a defendant in a lawsuit—safeguarding personal information is just plain good for business.

The Federal Trade Commission, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and Northwestern University School of Law will co-host a free workshop at 9 a.m. April 15 on how businesses can secure the personal information of consumers and employees.

"Protecting Personal Information: Best Practices for Business" will feature businesspeople, attorneys, government officials, privacy officers, and other experts who will provide practical guidance for businesses of all sizes on data security, best practices for developing an appropriate data security program, and how to respond to security problems, including data breaches.

The workshop will be in the Thorne Auditorium of the Arthur Rubloff Building on the Chicago campus of the Northwestern University School of Law. Onsite registration begins at 8 a.m.; advance registration can be completed on the workshop Web page,

As part of its business education program, the FTC has information to help businesses forge their own data security plans, including an online tutorial, a booklet, and a series of articles suitable for reprinting in print or electronic newsletters. All are available at